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    best $800 bike?

    Just learned my company will reimburse up to $800 for a bike, would greatly value any recommendations in this rough price range. This would be for road cycling, and I'm a beginner--20 miles is a long ride for me.

    It's a "use it or lose it" benefit for this year, so there's no reason not to spend the entire $800

    Thanks

    retsreg

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    First tell us what company this is and whether they're hiring, then we'll help you with the bike.

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    Those new Masi Caffe* bikes are quite nice and get good ratings. And the Raleigh Clubman just got a good review in bicycletimesmag.com

    http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/clubman/

    Both are close to your price-range.

    I'm sure a bunch of folks will arrive and toss out many others. These are the two I've read very good reviews of that are in the $$ ballpark.


    * - Seems the one's from last year had dropbars. Now they come with flat handlebars. Hunt around for old stock, maybe.

    1 - http://earlsbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?libid=52734
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    Unless you are a roadie, Trek 7500. bk

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    The one at your LBS that you like after you ride several.
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    A Specialized Sequoia:
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=39270&eid=117

    It's an "endurance" road bike. That means it's still a road bike with curly handlebars (doesn't put you in a position like a kite into the wind on windy days like an upright handlebar bike can, and the curly bars are easier on your hands for longer rides) but it has a more upright riding position (so you aren't leaned far over) and more relaxed geometry (the handling is more stable).

    If you're more of a "Type A" personality who's always just like "go go go" I'd probably go with a more racey bike like a Specialized Allez, but I think for most beginner road bikers an "endurance" road bike is the option they'd be the happiest with.

    P.S. I agree with the previous poster, though - I'm making a "try out this bike" suggestion, but you should definitely test ride several and go with the one that you like the most. :-)

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    OK as Hexenmiester said whom do you work for and are they hiring?

    if my employer was going to give me $800 towards a bike my first choice would a Bianchi Pista or San Jose.

    but then again just go ride a few. it is real hard to find a "bad" bike these days especially at the price. do not get too hung up on this derailluer or that crank. just find one you like after trying a few.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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